Archive for the ‘Windows Phone’ Category
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best cases for Nokia’s phablet, the king-sized Lumia 1520. Let’s get started!
We begin with Nokia’s own case for the Lumia 1520, the Protective Cover. This case protects the phone’s screen with a flip cover, which can be folded back to serve as a handy media stand. The case also protects the corners of your device, granting a good amount of impact protection without affecting accessibility. It’s a strong case that is one of our top recommendations for the Lumia 1520.
A nice, cheaper alternative is the FlexiShield case. This case is less than a tenner, but its gel material still provides both grip and protection. It’s also one of the slimmer cases we have for the Lumia 1520, ensuring that you have the best possible chance of fitting the phone into your pocket.
The Piel Frama FramaSlim is our high-end case option, and it’s an absolute beauty. The case is handcrafted by leather artisans and carefully monitored for fit and finish, resulting in a perfect product. The FramaSlim is a skinnier version of the critically acclaimed Frama series of cases, which uses microscopic suction cups to secure your Lumia 1520 inside the case. It’s a daring concept, but it’s well realised to make a surprisingly slim leather case.
The Capdase Sider Baco is a more affordable case, with a similar folio form factor but with synthetic materials used instead of leather. The case has a flip cover that can also serve as a media stand and has space for cash and cards.
Our final case is a universal option that fits the Lumia 1520 well, the DiCAPac. This case is entirely waterproof, allowing you to use your phone underwater or in other wet environments. The case even includes a space for your camera, so you’re able to take stunning underwater shots.
That’s all for now folks! Let us know what you think of these Lumia 1520 cases, and if you have any questions then let us have ‘em. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week ahead.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Today we’re going to have a look at five must-have Nokia Lumia 930 accessories.
Our first accessory today is this charger for the Nokia Lumia 930: the Cover-Mate Charging Dock. The dock combines a desk stand and a charger in one convenient package, allowing you to keep an eye on incoming notifications and fill up your batteries at the same time. The simple plastic styling matches that of the 930, and the small profile of the dock ensures that it’s quite portable as well.
FlexiShield are another well respected low-cost case provider, and as usual they’re a solid choice for your phone. The case is made from a tough but flexible gel, allowing your phone to resist minor impacts and scratches while remaining light. The cases are available in multiple colours too, so it’s easy to find a colour scheme that fits your particular style.
This car charger provides everything that a growing smartphone needs for long car journeys. The charger charges the phone at up to 2.4A, ensuring that the Lumia 930 remains charged even if you’re using GPS navigation or other power-hungry services. An integrated USB port allows you to use any excess power to charge a second device too.
This ArmourDillo Case is an oft-picked favourite, thanks to its winning combination of good protection, added features and a low price. The case resembles its namesake, with an armoured exoskeleton on the back providing considerable drop and scratch protection. A built-in viewing stand is handy too, letting you enjoy films or see incoming notifications with ease.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is a bright, stylish smartphone and it deserves a pair of equally attractive headphones. These ear buds from Coloud Pop are made for Nokia themselves, and sport a fun blue or red colour. The headphones are durable and capable, with a flattened cable design that prevents tangles and a built-in mic and remote for full phone compatibility.
That’s all the time we have for now folks! If you have any questions or selections of your own to make, then please get in contact via the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Mobile phones and tablets have brought a new gaming revolution, with the keyboard and controller paradigms of yesteryear playing second fiddle to touch screens and accelerometers on these gadgets. Yet sometimes touch controls just aren’t precise enough, and to really excel you need to go back to these earlier input methods. It’s possible to get a full-blown controller and hook it up to your phone or tablet, but sometimes that’s just not necessary.
Instead, just grab one or two of these tiny joysticks and attach them directly to the screen with their suction cup. Once attached, moving the joystick will produce an effect on the screen below, letting you play touch-screen games with ease. You’ll be able to control your game much more cleanly, making it easier to score headshots or juke past defenders. You’ll get tactile feedback, and the same easy controls that you’d find on retro arcade cabinets to modern console controllers… and all without batteries, pairing, setup or hassle. Just stick and play. And when you want to play a different game or stop entirely, it’s simple to unstick the suction cups and re-attach when you want to play again.
The Smartphone Joystick is made from milled aluminium, granting a perfect feel and long-lasting durability. Each joystick is tiny too, so you can easily keep a couple in your pocket or in your bag. The joysticks are sold in packs of one or two, and even with two you’ll be paying the fraction of the cost of a traditional mobile phone controller. One will allow you to play games designed around a single thumb stick, while two will let you play shooters and other dual-stick games.
The smartphone joysticks provide an easy middle ground between touch screen controls and a traditional console-style game controller. For more information on these helpful joysticks, please visit the product pages linked below:
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of this handy gadget in the comments below!
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
In this article, we’re going to show you ten of the most addictive mobile games for Windows Phone.
Skulls of the Shogun is a clever turn-based tactics game, rendered in a beautiful Japanese-inspired painted art style. The game is simple to learn but has enough wrinkles to stay interesting. The game boasts multiplayer matches and synced progress between all three Microsoft systems – Windows, Xbox and Windows Phone. Its campaign will keep you busy for a long time, and then there’s the chestnut of multiplayer to consider. A great package for the price, although there’s an argument to be made that the experience is better on larger screens.
Super Crossfighter feels like an evolution of Space Invaders or Galaga, a fast-paced shoot-’em-up with a vibrant sci-fi theme. The unique twist is your ability to cross the field of battle in an instant, warping from top to bottom and back to dodge shots or take a new firing position on your alien opponents. There’s a lot to do here too compared to most mobile titles, with 320 levels to beat. It’s a nice side effect of the game having been made for Xbox 360 first, and ported to Windows Phone later.
Temple Run was the original endless running title that really kicked off the craze on mobile, and its second iteration remains one of the best available. Dodge the hazards of the jungle by swiping and leaning your phone, collecting coins and powerups to set a high score and unlock goodies to make future runs easier. It’s a winning formula, realised with plenty of polish for one of the most addictive games on Windows Phone.
Mass Effect Infiltrator is a surprisingly fun cover-based shooter for Windows Phone, based on the console and PC sci-fi RPG of the same name. The experience is rather more on the action here, but the setting remains compelling and both controls and graphics are reasonable for a mobile title. Well worth a download.
Asphalt 8 is the latest entry in the series of successful mobile racing games. As usual, you’ll find a large amount of licensed vehicles, plenty of tracks and frantic arcade-style racing. The opponents are none too challenging, but it’s still fun to complete each race and collect all the cash lying around the track. Upgrades come fast and furious, and it’s very easy to keep playing for way too long.
Wordament is one of the few games on this list that originated on Windows Phone first, then later made it to other platforms. The game is an online multiplayer word search, where you’re competing against everyone else in the world to find the most words in a four by four grid of letters. You’ll need to be incredibly fast to place decently, but thankfully the game is a fun brain-teaser regardless of how high you finish.
Endless runners are definitely in vogue in the moment, and one nice option from the category is The Line Football. The game is football (“soccer”, for Americans) themed, and has you guiding a football along a playing pitch and avoiding players trying to kick you. It’s a bit perverse to see a presumably sentient football dodging the players that normally act upon it, but it’s fine nonetheless.
Flow Free isn’t the most recently released game, but that’s OK; I’m still playing it. This puzzle game has a simple premise: connect each pair of coloured circles with lines through a grid, without any lines crossing over and without leaving any sector blank. It’s simple enough on the starting 5×5 grids, but it gets increasingly challenging as the grid size moves up to 10×10 and beyond.
Final Fantasy III is one of the best Japanese RPGs ever made, and now you can relive it on Windows Phone. Like other good console ports, this Windows Phone game has dozens of hours of gameplay, a riveting story and a rather satisfying conclusion. Whether you’ve already played the original or you missed it back in the day, you should definitely try Final Fantasy III.
More Here Eye is like a colour-matching version of Flappy Bird, where you’re tasked with navigating though obstacles by matching their colour. With four colours to switch between and a fast pace, you’ll need to be well-practiced to reach even a double-digit score. Like Flappy Bird, it’s both enraging and addictive, as you’ll be locked into a cycle of starting, dying and restarting as you try to set a new high score.
Thanks for checking out the article! Be sure to let us know what you think of the list and make your own recommendations in the comments below. Thanks again and have a good week!
Monday, August 11th, 2014
Note: The entire blog post applies equally to the Lumia 630 and 635; I’ll refer purely to the 635 for brevity.
Recently we’ve received some reports of Lumia 635 cases not fitting the phone. We bought a Lumia 635 in black to test this, and it worked perfectly with all of our cases.
Digging deeper, we found that these reports were coming from people with a green, orange or yellow Lumia 635. It turns out that these coloured versions have a slightly different texture than the black version, and this different texture makes them ever so slightly larger. While the difference is small, it’s enough to make tight-fitting cases not work with coloured Lumia 635 units.
So, to sum up – if you have a Lumia 635 with a green, orange or yellow back, some cases may not fit your phone. In this case, it’s easy enough to pick up a black replacement back cover, which will fit with all of our cases.
Thanks to our customers for reporting this issue and our products team for finding the solution. It’s an unfortunate mistake on Nokia’s part to not make the two phones the same size, but at least there’s an easy fix.
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